Your Imaginary Franchise Empire

Imagine your studio was going to be franchised. What would you put in place so that you could ensure consistency across every franchisee? 

Picture these studios in various buildings across the country with your name on the sign and your picture on the wall. 

Does that make your heart quicken?

Are you nervous about representing something you can’t control?

This course is not going to help you to open studios in every city. But you should act as if you’re going to. 

Because right now, your name and your face already represents something. You stand behind your own studio, however big or small it is.

And, right now, it’s probably pretty random. You do all the things and you think you do a good job. I’m sure you do. 

But is it always the same good job? Can you say it’s just as good on one day as it is on another? 

Creating a music studio system can bring your studio from pretty good to FANtastic. And it will be consistent, too. 

People will know what to expect from you and they will love the experience they receive from your studio. Every. Time.

Reasons NOT to Create a Music Studio System

I believe every teacher should have studio systems in place. But here are the reasons you might think you shouldn’t.

This isn’t for me.

Oh yes it is. Don’t turn that car around yet. 🚘

Whether you’re self-employed and teaching 3 students each week out of your living room or you’re a multi-teacher music school owner, you need a system. 

Creating a music studio system which could be rolled out to every city doesn’t mean it has to leave your living room. Whether you’re teaching 2 students or 227, this is about providing the best experience for those students.

And I know that is for you simply because you’re here. 

Not Everything Can Be Systematised

We teach individuals, and teaching is a human profession. Surely it can’t be broken down into repeatable systems?

Not everything, no. But much more than you think. 

When you teach, how you get paid, how you put on concerts, what books you order – it’s easy to see how these things can be translated into systems. However, so can the way you talk to students and the way you make decisions.

A system is just a way of saying “This is how we do it, here.”

There’s nothing inhuman about that. 

I don’t have the time for this!

Not to be a contrarian but quite the opposite is true. You don’t have the time not to do this. 

Although we feel like we’re running around doing things all day, most of us are using up a lot of that time making choices. 

While we’re not always in the act of choosing between method books or picking out the best words for an email, we’re thinking about the merits of each option.

A “system of systems” is an investment in your business and your life. 

A music studio system can take away many of the things that gobble up your time. So you can go to the beach, or practice, or plan to take over the world. 

The choice will be yours. 🏖️

Music Studio Systems = Fairness

A model music studio system is ready to roll out all over the world. The studio it defines is the perfect environment for kids to learn and for teachers to teach. 

It’s also the same for everyone.

That doesn’t mean we teach every child the same way, but it does mean more equality.

When we leave things up to the luck of the draw, we’re falling back on the parents’ prior knowledge of music and music lessons and the child’s natural propensities.

If, however, everyone gets a practice pouch when they start their second year of lessons and every new parent gets the same email and the same follow-up call, you don’t leave anything to chance. 

I’m not saying you intentionally treat anyone differently. But the result is the same whether it’s random or purposeful.

The result of inconsistency is that one child has a better chance of engaging with music than another does.

And that’s not fair. 

Putting a music studio system in place will mean music gets to spread to communities it doesn’t normally reach. It will increase the number of lifelong musicians your studio produces. 

And you thought systems were for fuddy-duddies. 😉